Take Me to the (Moon) River (Fest)

Come Saturday, I’m getting my music fest on again, after an unexpected and disappointing (but probably needed, in retrospect) weekend off when Bonnaroo was cancelled. In the spirit of Moon River Festival — which is situated, as it were, on the bank of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga — we have together collected many songs about rivers, or from artists inspired by this particular body of water.

Surrender to the flow and stream (ha!) the September 9, 2021 #ThematicStatic playlist, and/or the full mix via Spotify (listen👇🏼). If you’ll be in Chatt this weekend, too, please hit me up!

#ThematicStatic Playlist

  • Okkervil River – “Plus Ones”
  • Joni Mitchell – “River” (requested by Lissa and Kylee)
  • The Stands – “When This River Rolls Over You” 
  • PJ Harvey – “Down by the Water” (super vote from Katie)
  • R.E.M. – “Find the River” (Lauren twisted our arms to plan more R.E.M. on WNXP 😜) 
  • Harlem River Drive – “Seeds of Life” 
  • Fleet Foxes – “Drops in the River” 
  • Lord Huron – “Wait by the River” (this one’s for the biggest LH fans I know, Jamie and Joy!)
    Steve Earle – “Harlem River Blues” (covering his late son, Justin Townes Earle)
  • Big Red Machine ft. Ben Howard & This Is The Kit – “June’s a River”
  • Al Green – “Take Me to the River” (Talking Heads‘ version was requested by my Do615 buddy Zach, The Commitments’ rendition by mama Holly, so I split the difference and played Al’s!)

The River Runs Through It

  • Ike & Tina Turner – “River Deep – Mountain High”
  • Bishop Briggs – “River”
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Black River Killer” (Jeremy)
  • Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers” (Katy)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “The River” (Jess)
  • Bruce Springsteen – “The River” (Paul)
  • Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”
  • The Glorious Sons – “Mama” (Lillian)
  • Neil Young – “Down by the River”
  • Grateful Dead – “Brokedown Palace” (Grandma)
  • Billy Joel – “River of Dreams”
  • Willie Nelson – “Whiskey River” 
  • Leon Bridges – “River”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Green River”
  • Frank Ocean – “Moon River” (Shane)
  • My Morning Jacket – “Like a River” (Will)
  • Ron Sexsmith – “Riverbed” (Matt)